Though dahlias are most often grown from tubers, seed-grown dahlias are more fun. Why? Because dahlias are octoploids, meaning they have four times as many chromosomes as most other flowers. This complexity means that seed-grown dahlias often show traits that vary widely from their parents: leaf shape, plant size, bloom color—all are liberal variations on the family theme. The real joy in this is that if you identify one plant that you really love, you can harvest and store the tubers for the winter and grow an identical plant next year. Congrats: you're a plant breeder!
Bishop's Children blooms in mix of red, burgundy, magenta and the occasional yellow flower on foliage that ranges from purple tinged to deep burgundy.